In The Beginning
In the beginning…yes that’s where I’ll start. From the beginning of time humans were designed to be dependent upon God. In fact all of creation is dependent upon God. He also designed us to require some dependence upon one another. We need the plants and trees to provide the oxygen we inhale, they need us for the carbon dioxide we exhale. We also need plants and animals for food. God designed everything to co exist all while needing Him as our ultimate Source. Yet mankind became proud and arrogant. We didn’t want to depend on Him.
I too fell into that trap of self sufficiency (which really doesn’t exist once you ponder the fact). I didn’t want to depend on God or anyone else to help me because I thought that was a sure sign of weakness. Boy had I been tricked! The world’s view of weakness( and pretty much anything else) and God’s view of it is much different.
First off He tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness 2nd Corinthians 12:9 . The world tells us to fight back if one harms you, God tells you to turn the other cheek, forgive, and walk in love ( my paraphrase read Matthew 5:38-48 for more). The world says if we don’t get out and ‘make it’ for ourselves we won’t have anything. God tells us to look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Matthew 6:26. By stark contrast we can already see how very different the world’s view and God’s views are. In Isaiah 55:8 it says“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the LORD. “And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.” New Living Translation.
Thank God( literally) that He thinks and acts nothing like the world. I can be weak in my own self and strong in Him at the same time. It refreshes my soul to know that I don’t have to live like the world lives any longer! Each time I dig into His truth, I gain more freedom. I admit that sometimes His way of thinking and behaving is a hard pill to swallow because I’m used to operating like the world. It takes a conscious effort to renew my mind daily and allow Him to transform me into His image. Yet I’ve been set apart, called & chosen by Him to do a great work in the earth. Through His gracious gift of Jesus I’ve been born again….. all things have become new!